Since 1989, haggis, Scotland’s most iconic dish, has been banned from import by the US government. This week, however, on the eve of Burns supper, the US Department of Agriculture announced that it will instate new regulations allowing imports of the Scottish offal, which contains ingredients such as sheep lungs. The original ban was instated due to concerns over the safety of meat from the UK, specifically regarding mad-cow disease. Said Scottish Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead, "I am greatly encouraged to hear that the US authorities are planning a review of the unfair ban on haggis imports. It's time for the US authorities to deliver a Burns Night boost and recognize that Scottish haggis is outstanding quality produce."